Qantas has announced plans to giveaway a suite of mega prizes to Australians who get the COVID-19 vaccine, including unlimited travel for a year.
The national carrier hopes the incentive scheme will boost vaccination rates and help get state and international borders reopened permanently says Channel 7.
“We’re looking at having 10 mega-prizes, at least one for each state or territory, where a family of four can have unlimited free travel for a year on the Qantas and Jetstar networks,” CEO Alan Joyce revealed on Channel 7’s Sunrise
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“In addition to that, the Accor Group have come on board and they’re offering one million Accor Points, which gives free accommodation at 400 hotels and resorts across the country.
It comes after the national carrier announced last week that it would offer frequent flyer points along with travel vouchers and status credits to Australians who roll up their sleeves.
Joyce said he hopes the incentives act as “a very big encouragement for people to get out there and get the vaccine.”
Channel 7 said that it’s understood vaccinated Australians will be able to claim their rewards and enter to win a mega-prize through the Qantas app from July.
“We’re very keen to do our bit to help with the rollout of the COVID-19 vaccine and we’re putting together the technology to be able to do this,” Joyce said.
Channel 7 reported that Joyce said he was desperate for Australians to get the jab as it could allow the international border to reopen, which means Qantas could bring its 6,000 stood down international network staff members back to work.
“We have a vested interest in this, we want to do everything we can to ensure the borders domestically open and stay open and that we get international up and running,” he explained.
The airline last year announced that it will require all passengers to be vaccinated when it restarts international flights beyond New Zealand.